If live music and summer picnics sound like your idea of fun, it’s time to check out one of Deer Valley’s outdoor concerts. Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah, hosts dozens of summer performances at its Snow Park Outdoor amphitheater, at 2250 Deer Valley Drive South. Here’s an insider’s guide on what to see, where to eat, and what to bring.
What to See
The amphitheater hosts several evening shows a week during the summer, ranging from country stars to opera, folk singers, and pop musicians. Four different summer series offer performances each week.
The Utah Symphony and Opera hosts the Deer Valley Music Festival , with classical performances on Friday nights and pops shows on Saturday nights. Highlights include Matthew Morrison , who starred as Will Schuester on TV’s Glee, singing Broadway hits on July 16 with the Utah Symphony. On July 23, the Utah Symphony plays tribute to David Bowie , with a full rock band.
Another music festival favorite is the August 5 Utah Symphony performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Be ready for the live cannons!
The St. Regis ** Big Stars, Bright Nights Concert Series , hosted by the Park City Institute, brings bluegrass, big band, pop and jazz musicians to Deer Valley. The Grammy-winning duo Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn , dubbed “two monsters of the banjo” by NPR, will perform on July 28. Pop artist Mike Posner , whose debut single “Cooler than Me” hit No. 6 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in 2010 performs on Aug. 7. Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Jewel** caps off the series on Sept. 3.
Mountain Town Music’s Wednesday night free concerts , the third series, features local musicians. It’s a fantastic midweek date night—ride your bike to the amphitheater, picnic, and dance on the grass. Plenty of families come, too.
The fourth series, hosted by The State Room, is two headline concerts: Brandi Carlile on Aug. 13 and Steve Miller Band on Aug. 19.
For a full concert list and prices, visit Deer Valley’s event calendar.
What to Eat
The Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater is one of the rare venues that allows guests to bring their own coolers of food and drink, including wine and beer in glass bottles. If you’re picnicking, you can either bring your own or order a basket for pick-up from the concession stand.
Deer Valley Gourmet Picnic Baskets range from $47 to $84, depending on the size. It includes smoked salmon or chilled beef, with antipasto, housemade salami and brie, fruit, baguettes and dessert. A vegetarian tofu option is also available, as well as wines and local beers for an additional price.
It’s an easy option, since you pick it up from the concession stand, and it comes with plates, cutlery and moist towelettes. You can leave the cooler at home and just bring your blanket and chairs.
Deer Valley also offers picnic bags, which include wraps, salad, housemade chips and cashew caramel popcorn. A children’s picnic bag is also available. Prices range from $32 to $56. To order a picnic basket or bag, visit the picnic website or call 435-645-6613.
A concession stand also sells burgers, chili, hot dogs and salad. At the stand, you can also find a Deer Valley staple: the vanilla ice cream sandwich, with chocolate chip cookies and hot fudge. Note: The concession stand doesn’t serve alcohol, but you can exit the amphitheater and go next door to Snow Park Lodge’s Deer Valley Etc. store, which sells beer.
For some last-minute picnic items, Deer Valley Grocery~Café is also at the Snow Park Village base area and offers gourmet grocery items, takeaway entrees, and beer. Dinner and drinks are served at the café until 8:30 p.m. daily.
For pre-show dinner and drinks, check out The Brass Tag in the Lodges at Deer Valley. Nearly everything is fired in a brick oven, and the bar has won awards for its cocktails.
• Bring a sweater! Once the sun sets over the ridge, Park City summer nights can get chilly. If you forget one, Deer Valley’s sundries shop in Snow Park Lodge sells clothes and hot chocolate.
• Free parking is available at Snow Park Lodge, but allow yourself enough time to wait in line. Carpooling or taking Park City’s free transit system is recommended.
• Concerts are held rain or shine, so check the weather and bring rain gear if necessary. In the rare event that a show is canceled due to inclement weather, picnic orders still are available for pickup after 6 p.m. next to the concession stand.
• Coolers, glass containers and chairs are permitted. Animals are not. For ticketed shows, chairs must be less than 9 inches tall.
Originally written for Deer Valley.